Tomoki Yasuda

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Japan Buys
Japan's buying habits were one of the highlights of November's M&A webinar, and as I had recently returned from Tokyo, I was able to address these trends.   The yen has been skyrocketing, and it is up roughly 80% over the last decade against both the US dollar and the Euro. One effect of this... Click here to read more
Posted by Tomoki Yasuda, on 18 November 2011
Summer growth woes
Summer is here. Finally. Seattle has had only a handful of days over 70 degrees since last September. Its been a gloomy year here and the mood is reflected in the current economic outlook. Some key issues were facing are: the Greek debt crisis, tightening of monetary policy in emerging markets, and... Click here to read more
Posted by Tomoki Yasuda, on 27 June 2011
The new VC boom
According to an article from the Wall Street Journal, venture capital is bouncing back at an incredible pace. The National Venture Capital Association reported that 2010 was the first time in three years that VC levels had risen, but Q1 in 2011 leapfrogged that substantially. VC transactions in the... Click here to read more
Posted by Tomoki Yasuda, on 25 April 2011
Nordstrom highlight
One of the deals we highlighted in our March webinar is important and exciting for a number of reasons. Nordstrom, a Seattle-based brick-and-mortar retailer, is forging ahead by joining the flash discount craze with its acquisition of HauteLook. Groupon and some of its competitors are quite popular... Click here to read more
Posted by Tomoki Yasuda, on 5 April 2011
Its Showtime for Netflix as it Starz on HBO
Whats fascinated me these past few weeks has been the tumultuous path that Netflix has been walking on. The company has had to endure new competition from Amazon which threatens to outmuscle them with their vast infrastructure; content producers Starz and ShowTime have pulled or stalled premium... Click here to read more
Posted by Tomoki Yasuda, on 28 March 2011
My Predictions For 2011
  My big expectation this year is I think we'll see some big plays on the wireless telecom front, as more pressure is placed on that infrastructure. If you think about it, every time you look up Facebook on your phone or check your email, you're putting pressure on bandwidth, particularly wireless... Click here to read more
Posted by Tomoki Yasuda, on 14 January 2011
Company spotlight: OpenTable.com
For over ten years, the reservation management software company has been helping diners make appointments at their favorite digs. For the past three years before they filed their IPO in 2009, OpenTable had grown revenues at a compound annual rate of about 43%. This was due to a solid business model... Click here to read more
Posted by Tomoki Yasuda, on 22 September 2010
Company Spotlight: OpenTable.com
For over ten years, the reservation management software company has been helping diners make appointments at their favorite digs. For the past three years before they filed their IPO in 2009, OpenTable had grown revenues at a compound annual rate of about 43%. This was due to a solid business model... Click here to read more
Posted by Tomoki Yasuda, on 22 September 2010
Intel buys McAfee for $7.7 billion
On Thursday, August 19, the chip giant agreed to pay $48 a share in cash for the anti-virus vendor, a premium of roughly 60 percent. At first one might ask, why pay such a premium for an anti-virus company thats been losing popularity with its core product in the consumer and enterprise? Theyve had... Click here to read more
Posted by Tomoki Yasuda, on 19 August 2010
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